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10 Stupid Things Entrepreneurs Do
    To Mess Up Their Startups*



       *With apologies to Dr. Laura Schlessinger

    ...
Think Like a Guppy

You’re not a little fish; you’re a whale
      that’s not yet gotten big.

               © 2009 Chris...
Confuse Vision and Focus

Dream big, focus tightly. You can eat
  an elephant – one bite at a time.

              © 2009 ...
Fall in Love with Technology

 Fall in love with customers and they’ll
          tell you what to make.

                ©...
Focus on Fund Raising Instead of
      Building the Business

       How will you use your time?
  What brings more value ...
Let Investors Run the Company

  Seriously, how much does your investor
     really think about your business?

          ...
Fail To Measure

Where are you going and how fast are
         you getting there?

              © 2009 Chris Shipley
Ignore Yellow Lights

Your optimism can not be allowed to
         trump your reality.

             © 2009 Chris Shipley
Hire Good People

Founders have got to be the dumbest
         ones in the room.

             © 2009 Chris Shipley
Neglect the Details

Pay now or pay a lot more later.


            © 2009 Chris Shipley
Lose Site of Values

   Every company has a culture.
Is yours accidental or deliberate?

            © 2009 Chris Shipley
Waste Time

While you’re killing time,
  time is killing you.

        © 2009 Chris Shipley
Chris Shipley
 Chairman and CEO
Guidewire Group, Inc.

      @cshipley


       © 2009 Chris Shipley
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  1. 1. 10 Stupid Things Entrepreneurs Do To Mess Up Their Startups* *With apologies to Dr. Laura Schlessinger © 2009 Chris Shipley
  2. 2. Think Like a Guppy You’re not a little fish; you’re a whale that’s not yet gotten big. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  3. 3. Confuse Vision and Focus Dream big, focus tightly. You can eat an elephant – one bite at a time. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  4. 4. Fall in Love with Technology Fall in love with customers and they’ll tell you what to make. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  5. 5. Focus on Fund Raising Instead of Building the Business How will you use your time? What brings more value to the company? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  6. 6. Let Investors Run the Company Seriously, how much does your investor really think about your business? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  7. 7. Fail To Measure Where are you going and how fast are you getting there? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  8. 8. Ignore Yellow Lights Your optimism can not be allowed to trump your reality. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  9. 9. Hire Good People Founders have got to be the dumbest ones in the room. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  10. 10. Neglect the Details Pay now or pay a lot more later. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  11. 11. Lose Site of Values Every company has a culture. Is yours accidental or deliberate? © 2009 Chris Shipley
  12. 12. Waste Time While you’re killing time, time is killing you. © 2009 Chris Shipley
  13. 13. Chris Shipley Chairman and CEO Guidewire Group, Inc. @cshipley © 2009 Chris Shipley
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